SITUATE aims to understand how immigrants draw on and actively refer to their integration experiences as they situationally understand time, place/space and changing identity with reference to their personal integration trajectories.
The literature on immigrant integration often depicts integration as a process that is patterned according to – and, accordingly, dependent on – "today’s situation", or time in country and place of residence.
SITUATE starts from the perspective that adults moving to Norway from other countries (adult immigrants to Norway) actively construct their subjective understandings of such trajectories and their temporal and spatial features. In other words, immigrants draw on/refer to their social contexts when constructing specific understandings of time and place/space, rather than merely being determined by them.
While the literature from liberal welfare states (UK, US, Australia) has included focus on experience and understandings of time, place/space and identity, as they are mutually constitutive, this perspective has received limited attention in the literature emerging from or focused on the social democratic welfare state setting, including Norway.
Working research question
How do immigrants draw on and actively refer to their integration experiences (including encounters with welfare and immigration institutions/systems, social and personal interactions, encounters with the labour market, interactions with local, regional and national communities) as they situationally understand time, place/space and changing identity with reference to their personal integration trajectories?
Research methods and outcomes
SITUATE uses novel methods in the field of social policy to investigate and illuminate the mechanisms that coalesce to produce situated outcomes for these persons.
The project will produce outcomes in the arena of labour integration that are conceptual (producing a better understanding of this complex process, integrating a focus on temporality and on urban place/space), methodological (developing novel methodological and analytical approaches to investigate complex aspects of integration), policy oriented (informing better solutions) and educational (contributing to the professional development of junior researchers and relevant practitioners).